Zoos, Aquariums & Animals in Ontario

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Zoos, Aquariums & Animal in Ontario

Visiting local zoos and aquariums with your family is a great way to spend a day and Ontario is home to many zoos, aquariums and animal sanctuaries

NORTHERN ONTARIO    EASTERN ONTARIO     OTTAWA REGION     GTA

CENTRAL ONTARIO     SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO     NIAGARA REGION

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Hamilton – African Lion Safari – 519-623-2620 – RR #1 Cambridge, Ontario Canada   N1R 5S2

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Go “On Safari!TM” and get CLOSER than you ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals that roam free in large Game Reserves! See lions, giraffe, rhino, and many more animals from around the world! “Trek” along 9 km of safari trail in your own vehicle or aboard a guided, air-conditioned Safari Tour Bus. Enjoy a full day of family fun! (Seasonal)

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Toronto – Toronto Zoo – 416-392-5929 – 361A Old Finch Avenue,  Toronto, Ontario   M1B 5K7

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Set on 710 acres of land with 10 km of walking trails and home to over 5,000 animals (over 500 species, the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest in the world.  At the zoo you can visit the numerous pavilions, take a ride on the zoomobile, have fun in Discovery Zone, cool off in the splash area and the list goes on and on.  There is so much to see and do at the Toronto Zoo!!

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Niagara Falls – Bird Kingdom – 905-356-8888 – 5651 River Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M7

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Visit the world’s largest, indoor free-flying aviary.  More than 400 birds make their home in this multi-level rainforest setting nestled in a historic building as well as a collection of saltwater fish, spiders, bats, snakes, skinks, and reptiles too, all of which make their home in the same tropical environment the birds flourish in.  (Open year round)

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Vaughan- Reptilia – 905-761-6223 – 2501 Rutherford Road, Vaughan, Ontario  L4K 2N6

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Reptilia is a State of the Art 25,000 square foot facility complete with large exhibits showcasing hundreds of different reptiles and amphibians. Each day there are four reptile feedings every day, free live theatre shows or zoo keeper tours and a chance to interact with the reptiles and the Zoo Cast, Reptilia is a destination worth visiting

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GTA

Campbellville – Mountsberg Conservation Area
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Mountsberg is the proud home of our renowned Raptor Centre, where you can come nose-to-beak with a great cast of feathered personailities.  Mountsberg also offers 16 km of trails, bird-watching, a bison herd, goats, a play barn and a great little gift shop.

Oshawa – Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm905-655-5236

Over 40 species of friendly and tame birds and animals on 22 acres of beautiful grounds.  Exotic animals include: camels, lemurs, macaws, monkeys, peafowl, coatimundi, Patagonian cavies, llamas, wallabies and many more!  Domestic animals include:goats, sheep, potbellied pigs, mammoth and mini donkeys, Texas long horns, belted Galloway, and miniature Dexter cattle, as well our new miniature Horses

TorontoRipley’s Aquarium of Canada – 647-351-FISH (3474)

In the heart of downtown Toronto, you can find Canada’s largest indoor aquarium. This 35,000 sq ft aquarium features13,500 exotic sea and freshwater creatures, comprising over 450 species, a 315 ft moving walkway below a 750,000-gallon shark lagoon, and a main exhibition that includes a tropical reef tank, along with Great Lakes exhibits and Atlantic and Pacific habitats.

Toronto – High Park Zoo – 416-392-1748  

The High Park zoo is really great for families. No need to walk for hours from one animal to another and there are plenty of other activities in the park where you and your family can engage in.  The zoo is open all year long from 7 am till dusk. There are 6 or 7 enclosed areas on either side of Deer Pen road where the animals of the zoo live. You can find bison, deer, llamas, peacocks, highland cattle, etc. in the zoo.There is no admission fee to enter the zoo area.

Toronto – Toronto Zoo – 416-392-5929

Set on 710 acres of land with 10 km of walking trails and home to over 5,000 animals (over 500 species, the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest in the world.  At the zoo you can visit the numerous pavilions, take a ride on the zoomobile, have fun in Discovery Zone, cool off in the splash area and the list goes on and on.  There is so much to see and do at the Toronto Zoo!!

Vaughan- Reptilia – 905-761-6223

Reptilia is a State of the Art 25,000 square foot facility complete with large exhibits showcasing hundreds of different reptiles and amphibians. Each day there are four reptile feedings every day, free live theatre shows or zoo keeper tours and a chance to interact with the reptiles and the Zoo Cast, Reptilia is a destination worth visiting

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NIAGARA REGION

CaledoniaKillman Zoo – 905-765-5966

Situated on 33-acres, the zoo has over 25 species of animals.  The Zoo has one of 
the largest cat collections 
in Ontario as well as many native, domestic & exotic birds and animals on display.  You will love the natural setting which consists of 7 acres of peaceful winding trails, ponds, and the shade of many trees.

Niagara FallsBird Kingdom – 905-356-8888

Visit the world’s largest, indoor free-flying aviary.  More than 400 birds make their home in this multi-level rainforest setting nestled in a historic building as well as a collection of saltwater fish, spiders, bats, snakes, skinks, and reptiles too, all of which make their home in the same tropical environment the birds flourish in.  (Open year round)

Niagara Falls – Butterfly Conservatory – 905-356-8119

This magical attraction features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight!

Niagara Falls – Marineland905-356-9565

Your entire family will enjoy visiting Marineland as there is something for the whole family. See performing dolphins, walruses, sea lions & beluga whales, visit and feed some of the land animals and have fun on all the midway rides.

Stevensville – Safari Niagara – 905-382-9669

This privately-owned 110 acre park is home to more than 500 animals, reptiles birds including: camels, tigers, alligators, moose.  To see the animals you can take a tram ride, enjoy a guided walking tour, attend an animal feeding or try one of the interactive demonstrations.  Don’t forget to visit the Splashpad,
Ropes Course,
Safari Carnival Rides and Playgrounds.    (seasonal)

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OTTAWA REGION

Ottawa – Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo – 613-822-8924

The zoo has 25 permanent animal exhibits featuring some of the most famous reptiles in the world, as well as 20 feature animal exhibits that rotate every 6 months.  They also feature a public feeding and hands on room with a 3000 gallon aqauarium with auditorium seating and our new nature center where our guests can come and learn about endangered species in Canada.With over 150 animals on display including giant pythons, huge alligators, cobras, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, marmosets, and birds of prey, a trip to the zoo is an experience unlike any you’ve ever had

Nepean – Valleyview Little Animal Farm 613-591-1126

Children and adults alike will enjoy seeing a wide variety of animals and birds up close, from alpacas to zebus, goats to geese. Ride the Valleyview Express and enjoy our creative farm playground. Explore Bill’s Old Farm Museum to learn about our agricultural past. Watch a puppet show, have lunch in the Sunflower Cafe and browse in Robyn’s Nest Gift Shop. Come and spend a day in the country at Valleyview Little Animal Farm.

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NORTHERN ONTARIO 

Cochrane – Polar Bear Habitat & Heritage Centre – 705-272-2327

This ‘bear-friendly’ facility is the only one in the world dedicated solely to polar bears. At the habitat you can swim with the bears, observe the bears in their natural habitats and learn from the interactive educational and interesting displays

Sault Ste. Marie – Spruce Haven Zoo – 705-779-2423

Bring the family or just yourself, and enjoy natures delights at Spruce Haven Wildlife and Petting Zoo.The Sault’s only Zoo is a family attraction featuring a picturesque wildlife section with animals uncommon to our area. Also a fun-filled and interesting Petting Area exhibiting unusual miniature farm animals. (Seasonal)

Thunder Bay – Chippewa Park and Wildlife Exhibit

This exhibit features animals and birds native to Northwestern Ontario, showcased in their natural environment. An elevated, wheelchair-accessible walkway encircles the spacious animal enclosures and provides visitors with a spectacular viewing opportunity. (seasonal)

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CENTRAL ONTARIO

ElmvaleElmvale Jungle Zoo – 705-322-1112

Discover an exciting and educational outdoor adventure at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo. Walk along shaded and winding trails. View majestic lions, tigers and jaguars. Delight in the playful antics of monkeys and lemurs. Watch the mischievious baby animals play. Admire the beauty of rare and exotic birds and other wildlife in the natural surroundings of the park’s 25 acres.

Indian River – Indian River Reptile Zoo – 705-639-1443

Indian River Reptile Zoo is unique in Canada and is one of the most modern and exciting specialized animal centers in the world! We are the only reptile zoo that is a non-profit registered charity. Here you can see snakes, lizards, monitors, alligators, turtles, crocodiles, and even special guest animals such as monkeys and more! The animals are housed in state of the art, climate controlled facilities which were specifically designed to house reptiles.

Oro-MedonteScales Nature Park – 705-327-2808

Scales Nature Park is a 21 hectare conservation area located just south of Orillia, Ontario. The focus of this facility is the conservation of reptiles, amphibians, and fish, and the habitats that these animals require.

Orono – Jungle Cat World – 905-983-5016

Since 1983, Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park has been offering visitors the unique opportunity to see and experience wild species, many threatened with extinction, in an up-close and personal environment. Professional staff are readily available and always eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm. (Year Round)

Peterborough – Riverview Park & Zoo

The zoo features 27 exhibits, with over 48 species, including Yak, Camel, Wallaby, Emu, Macaw, Squirrel Monkey, Cougar, Plated Lizard, Meerkat and more! The park covers 55.5 acres and is the largest and most diversified playground in the city. It also features equipment for physically-challenged children. With a splash pad, frisbee golf course, walking trails, a miniature train ride, and beautiful gardens The Riverview Park and Zoo has something for everyone.

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EASTERN ONTARIO

CloyneLand O’ Lakes Petting Farm – 613-336-0330

Enjoy Learning about the Animals, Petting & Feeding them, enjoy a guided tour, view the Aquaponics Display, learn how to grow a garden with Fish, have fun in children’s area and finish off your day with a snack and a souvenir.

Morrisburg – Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary – 519-836-1697

Take a walk on the wild side at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and explore over 8 km of hiking trails, 5 km of cross-country ski trails, camping, outdoor learning programs and special events throughout the year. Come visit our Interpretive Centre featuring interesting displays and shop in our store which offers a selection of books, gifts, camping supplies, grocery items and snacks.

North Grenville – Saunders Country Critters Zoo – 613-258-1108

The zoo has been raising, breeding, showing & selling exotic & unusual critters since the early 1990s. There are over 50 species at the zoo ranging from mammals to birds and reptiles. This ranges from baby wallabies and baby porcupines to lynx, lemurs, ferrets and rabbits.  Be sure to join in a guided tour on weekends (seasonal)

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SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

BrantfordBrantford Twin Valley Zoo – 519-752-0607

Built on 25 beautiful acres in Brant County, this Zoo is a great place to observe a collection of native and exotic animals maintained in natural surroundings.  . They offer shows, visits with the animals, petting area, pony rides, a hiking trail and two playgrounds. (seasonal)

Cambridge – Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory – 519-653-1234

Discover 1000’s of free-flying butterflies in a tropical garden. Explore a vast collection of insects, meet live giant exotic bugs and experience the tropics!

GuelphDonkey Sanctuary of Canada – 519-836-1697

Open on Wednesdays and Sundays, May through October, the Donkey Sanctuary has lots to do including:  Meet the donkeys, brush a donkey, watch a demonstration on how to care for them, attend a donkey talk, take a hike on the nature trails, enjoy a picnic by the pond and visit the gift shop.  Did you know you can sponsor a donkey for only $50 per year?

Hamilton – Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo and Nature Centre – 905-549-6868

Experience the best interactive educational programming in our ‘hands-on’ shows as well as super educational feeding demos which happen back to back throughout the day. Come and see some of our newest additions including some of the rarest and most endangered species of reptiles in the world and on display in Canada

HamiltonAfrican Lion Safari – 519-623-2620
Canada’s Original Safari Adventure!  Get Closer Than You Ever Imagined to majestic lions, giraffe, cheetah, rhino and over 1,000 other exotic birds and animals from around the world!  Drive through the game reserve, take in a show or play in the water park.  A days worth of fun awaits you!  (Seasonal)

KingsvilleJack Miner Bird Sanctuary – 519-733-4034

The sanctuary offers adults and children alike a truly memorable experience to connect with nature. Visitors are able to get up close and personal to hand feed geese and ducks with barley which is supplied free. Spend some time exploring and learning about local wildlife and natural habitats on over 400 acres of natural landscape and see peacocks, exotic pheasants, wild turkeys and tundra swans.

MorpethGreenview Aviaries Park and Zoo – 519-674-3025

This is a beautiful landscaped county park and zoo. Featuring domestic and exotic animals – tigers, lions, jaguars, cougars, zebras, eland, donkeys wolves and so many more. Also tropical birds, waterfowl and reptiles. Lots of comical monkeys, so bring your camera. Large playground and picnic area, licensed restaurant, souvenir gift shop, all wheelchair accessible, and a friendly staff to serve you

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There’s so much to do at the Toronto Zoo #Review

Ontario Attractions - Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo - Ontario Attraction

When you think of the Toronto Zoo you automatically think of all the wonderful animals that you can see there.  Yes this is true but there is so much more to the zoo as well.   Let me take you through all the fun we recently had at the zoo with our family…

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The Animals

Everyone loves visiting the animals at the zoo and obviously our family is no different.  The animals are simply amazing in the size, grandeur and their beauty.  From big to small we were amazed by them all.  You can find a list of the over 5,000 animals that call the zoo home here

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Be sure to stop by and see the cuteness that is Humphrey, the 1 year old Polar Bear.  He is as full of energy and as playful as a regular toddler.  Our kids were belly laughing at how funny he was.  They could have spent hours watching Humphrey.

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The giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, are currently two of the most popular and visited animals at the Toronto Zoo.  Your tour of the Giant Panda Experience begins in the state-of-the-art Panda Interpretive Centre.  Here you can learn all about what Pandas like to eat, where they originate from, learn cool facts, play games and even see a nice big sample of what their poop looks like.  Clearly, the kids got a good kick out of that!  Once done in the exhibit you can meet the Pandas themselves.  They are such fantastic looking animals and as my daughter puts it, they look like giant teddy bears.  Absolutely a must see exhibit when you visit the Zoo. Clearly this guy (below) had eaten enough bamboo and just needed a good old nap.

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In addition to all the animals that live outside at the zoo, there are also many indoor animal pavilions where you can take a break from the outside elements and enjoy the animals.  Whether your frolicking with the butterflies, laughing at the gorillas monkeying around or coming as close to a python as you would ever get without getting eaten, you will truly find all of the pavilions fascinating and educational.  All of the pavilions are well signed telling you what animal you are looking at and special information on all of them.  But remember, please do not knock on the glass!

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Many of the animals have a time to Meet the Keeper.  During this time you will learn lots of cool facts about that specific animals habitat, behaviours, diet, watch a feeding and maybe have the chance to ask any questions you may have.  Each of the animals will have a posted time to meet the zookeeper or you can find it online so you can plan to be back there on time. We had the pleasure of seeing the penguin keeper and learn about them.  They are such cute little guys!!

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The Zoomobile

Be sure to take a ride on  the Zoomobile to get a “behind the scenes” look and guided tour all around the zoo.  Your all day ride pass let’s you get on and off at different parts of the zoo so you can see it all without the little ones getting all tuckered out before the day is through.  For only $8.00 per person or $28.00 for a family of four, the Zoomobile made our list of must-dos at the Zoo.

More fun for the kids…

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New this year and probably the biggest highlight of the day for our kids, next to the animals, was the Gorilla Climb ropes course.  For $8 per person, your children can test their fears and climb as high as they want and try out all the different rope bridges to cross the obstacle course.  All safety harnessed up, our 6 & 8 year old spent almost a good hour facing their fears and being the daredevils that they are.  I could hear the crowds cheering on my 6 yr old daughter as she crossed what most thought was the craziest part of the entire course.  In her words, “It was nothing Mommy”!  Absolutely a well spent $16 for them do enjoy the Gorilla Climb ropes course.  There are height restrictions and adults are welcome on the course as well but I can guarantee you that this is something all kids will love and it’s definitely not to be missed.

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Your kids will love Discovery Zone which is geared towards them.  Discovery Zone houses a children’s zoo, animal demonstrations, theatre shows and a great place to cool down after all the walking you’ve done all day.  Splash Island is a fairly large water park area where you can a find some great water slides, climbers and water sprayers.

A little more info on the Toronto Zoo…

There are always special events taking place at the Zoo, so make sure to visit their website and see what’s coming up

Have your children check out the videos and games on the Zoos website to learn more about the animals in a fun and interactive way.

Admission Rates for May 1 to October 31

 General Admission (ages 13 – 64) $28.00 ($24.78 + $3.22 HST)

Senior (ages 65+) $23.00 ($20.35 + $2.65 HST)

Child (ages 3 – 12) $18.00 ($15.93 + $2.07 HST)

Child (ages 2 & younger) FREE

Parking is an additional $10.00 upon entry

Toronto Zoo is open year round for your family’s enjoyment!

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WIN Passes to the Toronto Zoo!!

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Disclosure – We were provided with free passes to visit the Toronto Zoo but all opinions are our own